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Plantago debilis R.Br.
Family Plantaginaceae
Plantago debilis R.Br. APNI*

Description: Perennial or annual herb, with a persistent taproot; pilose.

Leaves basal, narrow-oblanceolate to obovate, mostly 3–15 cm long, 8–40 mm wide, 3–5-veined, margins toothed or almost entire, with short pale-brown hairs in the leaf axil.

Scapes mostly 10–20 cm long; spike 4–10 cm long in flower but to 30 c. in fruit; bracts ovate to elliptic, 1–1.5 mm long. Sepals elliptic, 1.5–2.2 mm long or rarely more, glabrous or pilose on the narrow keel. Corolla lobes elliptic to circular, 0.8–1 mm long.

Capsule ovoid to subglobose, 1.7–3 mm long; seeds up to 5.


Habit
Photo J. R. Hosking

Flower
Photo J. R. Hosking

Flowering: all year.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows mostly in moist forest on basaltic- and metamorphic-derived soils; widespread, from coastal districts to inland areas.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A. N.T.
AVH map***

Text by B. G. Briggs
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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